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U's New Digital Platform Makes Black History Archives Accessible

Students at Gordon Parks High School with guidance from students of the U's Department of Communication Studies have been exploring the University's Givens Collection of African American Literature as part of a class about the school’s namesake, a legendary African-American photographer. “They know that Gordon Parks is some sort of famous guy, but they really don’t know why,” said Professor Catherine Squires. Their assignment: to see what they can learn using the archives.
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Science on Stage

Explosions. Fire. Flashes of Light. Theatre meets science with “Energy & U,” an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and the College of Science & Engineering to excite elementary students about a future career in the sciences.

Big Questions: Why Haven't We Closed the Achievement Gap?

Minnesota Public Radio host Tom Weber will moderate a discussion on Minnesota's achievement gap with Dr. Catherine Squires, professor of communication studies and director of the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS); Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of Education, State of Minnesota; and Dr. Mitch Pearlstein, Founder and Senior Fellow, Center for the American Experiment.
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True Story

As an undocumented immigrant for 16 years, Thiago Heil­man lived with the constant fear that he could be deported. So when he produced a “digital story” as part of professor Erika Lee’s immigration history class, it felt “a little like being naked in front of a crowd,” he says. His story is part of the Immigrant Stories initiative at the Immigration History Research Center, as part of its mission to work with recent immigrants and refugees to preserve their histories.
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Minnesota History Day Mentors Inspiring Youth

The Minnesota History Day Mentor program gives undergraduate students an opportunity to get involved with the community by helping local schools as their students prepare for the History Day competition. By working directly with the students, and contextualizing their work in an accompanying class here at the University, mentors learn about the achievement gap, equity in Minnesota, and much more.
Portrait: Maria Emilce Lopez

Making a Difference in the Latino Community

Over the past ten years, María Emilce López has created and refined an innovative medical service-learning course at the University of Minnesota. This course allows undergraduate students pursuing a major or minor in Spanish the opportunity to use their skills in the greater Twin Cities communities by linking course content with community involvement through programs that serve Spanish-speaking medical patients.